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  • The original Rudolph did not have a red nose. In that day and age, red noses were seen as an indicator of chronic alcoholism and Montgomery Ward didn’t want him to look like a drunkard. To complete the original picture, he was almost named Reginald or Rollo.
  • The Christmas wreath was originally hung as a symbol of Jesus. The holly represents his crown of thorns and the red berries the blood he shed.
  • The three traditional colors of most Christmas decorations are red, green and gold. Red symbolizes the blood of Christ, green symbolized life and rebirth, and gold represents light, royalty and wealth.
  • Tinsel was invented in 1610 in Germany and was once made of real silver.
  • The oldest artificial Christmas trees date back to the late 1800s and were made of green raffia (think grass hula skirts) or dyed goose feathers. Next the Addis Brush Company used their machinery that wove toilet brushes to create pine-like branches for artificial Christmas trees that were less flammable and could hold heavier decorations.
  • ‘Jingle Bells’ – the popular Christmas song was composed by James Pierpont in Massachusetts, America. It was, however, written for thanksgiving and not Christmas.
  • Coca-Cola was the first company that used Santa Claus during the winter season for promotion.
  • Hallmark introduced their first Christmas cards in 1915.
  • The first recorded date of Christmas being celebrated on December 25th was in 336, during the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine. A few years later, Pope Julius I officially declared that the birth of Jesus would be celebrated on that day.
  • Santa Claus's sleigh is led by eight reindeer: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Dunder (variously spelled Donder and Donner), and Blixem (variously spelled Blixen and Blitzen), with Rudolph being a 20th-century inclusion.
  • Outdoor Christmas lights on homes evolved from decorating the traditional Christmas tree and house with candles during the Christmas season. Lighting the tree with small candles dates back to the 17th century and originated in Germany before spreading to Eastern Europe.
  • That big, jolly man in the red suit with a white beard didn’t always look that way. Prior to 1931, Santa was depicted as everything from a tall gaunt man to a spooky-looking elf. He has donned a bishop's robe and a Norse huntsman's animal skin. When Civil War cartoonist Thomas Nast drew Santa Claus for Harper's Weekly in 1862, Santa was a small elflike figure who supported the Union. Nast continued to draw Santa for 30 years, changing the color of his coat from tan to the red he’s known for today.
  • Christmas 2018 countdown has already begun. Will you be ready??? Why do we love Christmas? It's all about the traditions. In this chaotic world we can miss the "good old days." Christmas reminds us of that time.


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    1. I have the monitor resolution at 1366 x 768 on the laptop. that is as high as it goes. The desktop is 1680 x 1050. Desktop is 24" Laptop is 15". I have tried moving the slider but can't view more than a third of the animation with the window full screen. I drew the animation over a photo of my house, at 972 lines by 1296 columns. After it was drawn I removed the photo so it wont let me change the # of lines to anything but 200 x 200. If I put the photo back in, I loose the animation all together. I have tried to change the resolution on the original to match the laptop and export/impo
    2. Zoom only changes the size when I edit it. When I view it remains the same. The zoom at the top of the screen in the view mode doesn't appear to work
    3. I made the animation on my desktop but when I tranfered my sequences to my laptop, it is way bigger than the screen. Is there any way to adjust the size of it?
    4. I have 7 in one large enclosure. With all the cords it is pretty heavy and it looks like I have a substation in the yard with the 126 extension cords connected to it
    5. Thanks, I will gear it for 5-6mph. I have a 5k ohm pot for the throttle, so I can dial it down a bit if it still looks unsafe. My controller has an input for a brake switch which kills the motor if it is depressed. I will have it set up so that if my bumper/grill contacts someone or something it will stop. One more question, what should I use for batteries. My motor is 24v/400w. My plan was to use the 4 12v scooter batteries I have in a series/parallel combo to get the 24v and longer run time, but 2 of them are bad and need replacing. My other option is to use a couple marine batt
    6. I am planning my contraption and am wondering what a 'safe' speed is for something running around my yard unattended is. I was leaning toward 10mph, but was thinking that might be a bit fast. I would like to have some input from those who have things driving through their dispay.
    7. I had 2 of the q-see cameras, I think the 2814c, and they were awful at night. I bought some other camera's from gadspot and they look great day and night.
    8. My stuff came from gadspot.com. I had some Q-see cameras, awful at night. The gadspot ones i ordered look very good day and night. $20 cheaper each to boot.
    9. Could you use 2 sprockets and a chain instead of a belt. weld a tab to one of the links on the chain to attach your package to it. No slipping, minimum stretching. You could put a tensioner on the underside of the table if needed.
    10. Probably the same guy that hoarded all the Zhu Zhu pets during the christmas shopping season
    11. As far as fake camera's go, if you find one that actually looks close to a real one, you are going to pay as much if not more than the cost of an inexpensive real one. So, you might as well get the real one and do some recording so you have something to give the law if they want it.
    12. I use the surpluscenter.com for chains and sprockets. They are pretty reasonable.
    13. My walmart had them @ 2.49 in October/November, then marked them down to $1.88. So they are already on sale. They are taking the 50% off the original price. They did the same thing last year but went 90% the day after chrismas making the $1.88 lights only $.249
    14. Thank you, It's been a long time since I have seen that. Now I just have to pick it up on dvd. Wouldn't that just be too cool cruising around the yard?
    15. I was thinking of adding a train, but then lots of people have them. What Christmas cartoon has the guy riding around in a half tracked mail truck with ski's on the front? That is what I want driving around my yard next season.
    16. If anyone is interested, Kirklands has the Flurries thing on sale for $79 with an additional 50% off. It was $42.00 with tax. Hagerstown outlets have a couple left.
    17. I would agree with the pvc splint/hose clamp deal. Make sure the splint is as long as you can make it. Get the ol' garden hose out and melt a little of that snow off your tree. By the way, do you have a splice/coupler in that pole or is it just flexing that bad?
    18. 1/4" all thread. Get the 10ft sections from home depot/lowes in their electrical department.
    19. vroach1966


      I tried to make a video tonight, but the hard drive in the camera froze (as in too cold). Now it won't work. Time for the zi8, the only problem with it is the store that has them in stock is 30 miles away.
    20. vroach1966


      Lets play a game. I spy three lor controllers, can you find them? By the way, the ring for my tree is 20" off the ground! I spy 6 snowmen and a set of lawn lights. I spy a 7 foot tree I spy a deer. This one is easy, she has amost dug herself out this one's not so lucky So much for my security warning sign And lastly, can you find the display in this photo? And if you didn't notice, it's still snowing!
    21. I use the buckets, I use the 'ol unibit to put a couple of 1" or so hole in them to drain. Just remember, whatever method you use, don't touch the trees while they are lit.
    22. vroach1966


      All of my controllers are up except for 7 which are under the eve of the roof. I should be good up to 2 feet. Will look kinda funny tomorrow night with only a foot or so of the mini trees sticking out of the snow though. Well off to work. Should be an interesting trip home tomorrow morning.
    23. vroach1966


      I'm in the middle of it too. Can't wait to shoot some video tomorrow night.
    24. I was just looking to do my blues this summer, I didn't know they had a paint for it. I was going to pick up a quart of urethane candy blue from my local auto body supplier and give it a try.
    25. I have a couple of songs with a long fade that changes from red to blue to green every .05 for the lenth of the fade. It gives it a nice shimmering/strobelike effect
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